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Beebe is president elect of national association

Posted by University News Service

March 18, 2010


Steven A. Beebe, Regents’ Professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Texas State University-San Marcos, was elected second vice president of the National Communication Association (NCA) for 2011, and will assume the presidency of NCA in 2013.  


The National Communication Association is the largest national organization to promote communication scholarship and education in the world. A non-profit organization, NCA has more than 8,000 educators, practitioners and students who work and reside in every state and more than 20 countries.


“It is a tremendous honor to be elected to serve as NCA President,” said Beebe.  “I look forward to giving back to an organization that has helped shaped my professional career in many ways.”  


During 2011, as second vice president, he will serve on the Executive Committee.  As first vice president he will be responsible for organizing the annual NCA convention.  He will become president of the organization in 2013.


Beebe has been a faculty member and chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Texas State for 24 years. He also serves as associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication. As one of the most prolific textbook authors in the field of communication, Beebe has authored or co-authored 12 books (many co-authored with Texas State faculty member Sue Beebe), with most books in multiple editions. His books are used at hundreds of universities in the U.S. and abroad. Book titles include Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Communication Training and Development, and Communication: Principles for a Lifetime.   


He has also authored or co-authored more than 50 articles and book chapters and presented over 150 papers and presentations at professional conferences. In addition, he has been a visiting scholar at both Cambridge University and Oxford University and helped to establish new communication curricula in Russia. The National Speaker’s Association named him Outstanding Communication Professor in America in 1996.


As NCA president, Beebe hopes to help enhance the vibrancy of the communication discipline, encourage international outreach among communication scholars, and help communication educators and scholars identify central, unifying themes of human communication study.